The deliberations didn't last long. A jury in Shelby County reached a verdict in the civil trial of a Kentucky surgeon accused of amputating a man's penis without his knowledge. And in the end, the jury sided with the doctor.
Jurors exonerated Dr. John Patterson of all accusations that he failed to exercise proper care. His patient - 64-year-old Phillip Seaton - claimed the doctor amputated a portion of his penis without his permission. Seaton went into surgery in 2007 for a circumcision to relieve inflammation. Dr. Patterson told the courtroom he found signs of penile cancer on Seaton, and removed about an inch of his penis after circumcising him. Documents presented in court reveal that Seaton signed a medical release form allowing Dr. Patterson to preform any necessary, but unforeseen conditions.
"I think the larger ramifications are that if this case stands, if the Court of Appeals doesn't change it, that if you go into a surgery, I don't care who you are, whatever you consent for, you may end up having something done to you even when there's no emergency," says Seaton's attorney Kevin George.